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Fordburg evictees now homeless

Many residents have resorted to squatting on the street outside the Newtown Urban Building.

FILE: A Red Ants worker loads debris on a truck after a demolition operation in Hillbrow. Picture: Caroline Kaminju/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Fordsburg residents evicted from the Newtown Urban Building near the city centre have told Eyewitness News they don't know how they will survive in the cold.

The Red Ants moved in on Thursday and evicted dozens of people, including children, who had apparently been living illegally in the block of flats.

Residents said they weren't given any notice before the evictions.

Many locals resorted to squatting outside the building.

They were guarding their remaining belongings which were scattered across a pavement outside the building.

Others said they had lost most of their property.

"Things are missing - the TV, the DVD, even my fridge, I don't know where they are."

One woman said she had nothing left and didn't even get to save her underwear.

With nowhere else to go, some have now built temporary shelters.

The Red Ants remained in the area to monitor the site and ensure that residents did not reoccupy the building.